A Mathematics Lesson

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Dear Friends,

It’s so great to be back in the saddle after a week away of resting, playing and checking in with my 5 best friends from seminary. It was our 12th annual gathering and it’s one of the most valuable things I do each year. I always come away both challenged and encouraged! I hope and pray that you have a friend or two who does that for you.

Today, I want to pass along an encouraging word that one of our elders shared with me recently.

One day a school teacher wrote on the board the following:











When she was done, she looked to the students and they were all laughing at her, because of the first equation which was wrong, and then the teacher said the following:

I wrote that first one wrong on purpose, because I wanted you to learn something important. This was for you to know how the world out there will treat you. You can see that I wrote the RIGHT thing 9 times, but none of you congratulated me for it. But you all laughed and criticized me because of one wrong thing I did.

So this is the lesson:

The world will never appreciate the good you do a million times, but will criticize the one wrong thing you do… don’t get discouraged. ALWAYS RISE ABOVE ALL THE LAUGHTER AND CRITICISM. STAY STRONG.

Friends, today, I hope you will hear this as God’s word to you.

Do not get bogged down by the criticism and do not allow yourself to be focused on the one wrong thing you have done, or someone else has done. Allow the good to outweigh it and overwhelm it. Allow God’s love and grace, light and peace, to shine brightly within you and without you.

Be encouraged, because despite the mistakes we make, God is doing a very good thing in your life, in our lives and in our church!

Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,

Pastor Don

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